supermassive black holes

  • First light detected from behind a black hole

    X-rays bouncing off a black hole’s disc confirm Einstein’s predictions.

    For the first time, astrophysicists have caught sight of light reflected from behind a black hole, proving Einstein r...

    Astrophysics July 29, 2021
  • Astronomers find ‘Goldilocks’ black hole

    Early black holes may seed their more massive cousins.

    Last year, scientists used gravitational waves to detect an elusive intermediate-mass black hole for the first time. ...

    Astrophysics March 30, 2021
  • Why we love black holes

    Big discoveries ramp up excitement and expectations.

    In the pantheon of astronomical objects, black holes are among the most amazing. Not only do they swallow large am...

    Astronomy July 6, 2020
  • Astronomers find source of four radio bursts

    Understanding the origins of mysterious signals.

    Fast radio bursts are one of the biggest mysteries in astronomy. The immensely powerful bursts of radiation appear ra...

    ASC Edits June 3, 2020
  • Biggest bang since the Big Bang

    So big, in fact, that at first scientists didn’t believe it.

    Scientists studying a distant galaxy cluster say they have discovered the biggest explosion seen in the Universe sinc...

    Astronomy February 27, 2020
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    Star flung across the galaxy

    Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is the culprit.

    A star travelling through the Milky Way at more than six million km/h has been discovered by a team of international ...

    ASC Edits November 14, 2019
  • Astronomers react to black hole images

    First image of black hole has amazed Australian experts.

    In one of the biggest scientific announcements of recent times, an international collaboration of astronomers and ast...

    ASC Edits April 11, 2019
  • Astronomers observe matter falling into a black hole at superfast speeds

    Matter has been falling at 30% of the speed of light could explain the frequency of supermassive ...

    New observations have discovered matter falling into the black hole at the centre of a galaxy dubbed PG1211+143 at ar...

    Space September 25, 2018
  • A star is torn

    Years of observation reveal a star ripped apart and partially consumed by a supermassive black ho...

    Astronomers have caught a supermassive black hole secretly devouring a star and spraying its entrails across the sky....

    Space June 14, 2018
  • The magnetic field at the heart of the galaxy

    Magnetic fields swirl around the supermassive black hole at the galaxy’s core.

    The supermassive black hole at the heart of galaxy, known as Sagittarius A*, is hard to get a good look at. Visible l...

    Space February 28, 2018
  • Extragalactic jets, and why they collapse

    Mathematics shed light on a powerful but poorly understood astronomical phenomenon. Lauren Fuge r...

    Weak points in the structure of extragalactic jets may be what causes them to collapse into enormous plumes, accordin...

    Space December 12, 2017
  • Origin of early supermassive black holes

    One of the biggest mysteries in cosmology may have been solved.

    The earliest gigantic black holes in the universe were seeded by dark matter, new research has found. Ancient superm...

    Physics October 1, 2017
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